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  • Disney ousts production chief Oren Aviv

    Continuing to clean house and put his own team in place, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross has ousted the studio's production chief, Oren Aviv, according to two people close to the executive.




    Aviv, who had been at the studio for 18 years, was president of marketing from 2000 to 2006 before taking the production job. Aviv also served as an executive producer on the studio's "National Treasure" movie series and was a close ally of former studio head Dick Cook, who was ousted by Ross last year.




    The studio has been suffering a creative drought, with a number of movies, including "Shopaholic," "G-Force" and "Old Dogs," underperforming at the box office.

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    Re: Disney ousts production chief Oren Aviv

    Rich ross, bawse!
    The Original LOST BOY

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      Re: Disney ousts production chief Oren Aviv

      The Disney Channel czar strikes again.

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        Re: Disney ousts production chief Oren Aviv

        Originally posted by Joshnyah View Post
        Aviv, who had been at the studio for 18 years, was president of marketing from 2000 to 2006 before taking the production job. Aviv also served as an executive producer on the studio's "National Treasure" movie series.
        Aviv had been the studio's president of marketing before taking over the production reins. He also came up with the story for the studio's successful "National Treasure" franchise, serving as exec producer on the two films that resulted.

        Oren Aviv out at Walt Disney Studios

        This alone is fairly rare in today's studio structure, under normal circumstanes that contribution alone might've assured him another 10 years on the lot. I'm told by someone over there in Publicity that Aviv wasn't Ross' "kind of guy." There are guys at Paramount and Warner Bros. who've done far less and still have reserved parking spaces.
        "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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          Re: Disney ousts production chief Oren Aviv

          I've only heard good things about Oren Aviv. I've even heard suggestions from many many that it was he should have been studio chair.

          I'm also a little confused by the former head of Disney Channel being appointed with the task of reversing a "creative drought," when the Disney Channel is famous for using the exact same formula for every TV show.

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            Re: Disney ousts production chief Oren Aviv

            Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross approached Erik Feig, head of production at Summit Entertainment and the executive behind the "Twilight" franchise, about succeeding Oren Aviv as production chief at the Burbank studio, according to people familiar with the talks. Ross ousted Aviv, an 18-year veteran of Disney, late yesterday and is scrambling to find his replacement.

            But, it appears that Feig, who has worked at Summit for nine years and is still under contract, is staying put.

            "He's not going to Disney and he never asked to be released from his contract," said his boss, Rob Friedman, chief executive of Summit. Feig did not respond to a call or e-mail seeking comment.

            A Disney spokeswoman did not immediately return calls.

            It is understandable that Ross would court Feig. He fits the mold of the newly reshaped Disney studio, where Ross is trying to rein in costs and launch new franchises that don't necessarily depend on big stars.


            Disney Studios tries to woo 'Twilight' guru Erik Feig away from Summit Entertainment | Company Town | Los Angeles Times
            "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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